Deaf : A Common Experience Of Life

1590 Words Nov 11th, 2014 7 Pages
In most societies of today deafness is seen as a defect and a major disability. Helen Keller said, that being deaf it was more difficult than being blind, “Blindness cuts people off from things; deafness cuts people off from people." (Harrington, 2000).
Many hearing people, might think of a deaf person as defected, or handicapped, and pity them, but most people in Deaf communities do not think of themself as disabled or handicapped, they embraced the way they are, and turn a physiological difference, in to something beautiful, creating what we know today as Deaf culture.
Deaf people as a linguistic minority have a common experience of life, and this manifests itself in its culture. This includes beliefs, attitudes, history, norms, values, traditions, art, and shared institutions of communities that are affected by deafness and which use sign languages as the main means of communication. (World federation of the deaf).
Deaf culture intersects with nationality, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, education, gender, etc. This leads to a culture that is small and also tremendously diverse, but unified by their own unique characteristics which some of them are:
One of the main differences in Deaf culture is making the distinction between big D and little d in the word deaf. When referred as Deaf culture, the word deaf is written with a capital D and referred to as "big D Deaf". When used as a label for the audio-logical condition, it is written with a lower case d.…
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